Ottawa County

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Learn about the R.E.A.D.Y Program

Click on the logo to learn about Michigan's R.E.A.D.Y. (Read, Educate, and Develop Youth) Program.


The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program EHDI has assessment sites all over the state of Michigan. Click here (PDF) to find your local site.

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Find your local WIC office for information on nutrition and health support for women, infants, and children - click here.


Local Public Health Department Locator


Office of Special Education & Early Intervention Services (OSE-EIS)


Advocacy Organizations for Children with Disabilities - click here.

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For the substance abuse treatment facility nearest you, click here.

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Covering Kids & Families works to reduce the number of uninsured children and adults who are eligible for public health care coverage programs but not enrolled. To find low-cost and free health care for children call 1-877-KIDS-NOW.


Are You Eligible?  State Benefit Programs and Federal Benefit Programs

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten.

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Project Great StartProject Great Start

For more information about Project Great Start, contact your Intermediate School District (ISD). See the listings below for your local ISD or 888 Be A Hero contact or visit for more resources.

Small Early On LogoLocal Early On Coordinator



Early On is a program for children birth to age 3 who have a disability or developmental delay, or a health condition that might lead to a developmental delay.


SchoolhouseLocal ISD, RESD, or RESA


Intermediate School District (ISD), Regional Educational Service District (RESD) or Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) - What is an ISD?


Project Find ChickLocal Project Find Coordinator



Project Find is the "child find" program of Michigan's special education system and helps children with disabilities from birth to age 26 get the services and help they need.  Click here to learn more.


Head StartFind your local Head Start

Head Start - Head Start is a national program which provides comprehensive developmental services for America's low-income, pre-school children (ages three to five) and social services for their families. Specific services for children focus on education, socio-emotional development, physical and mental health, and nutrition.


Kids SharingFind Childcare in Your Community


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United Way funds programs and agencies that support families, children and communities. Find help available in your community through United Way.



Things to do and places to see with a child


Michigan Creative After-School Experiences (MiCASE) - a listing by community of arts agencies, museums, zoos, science centers, orchestras, libraries, nature centers and theaters that offer after-school programming for kids.


Things to do and places to see in Michigan: Choose your location to search for attractions, events and more - click here.


Places to visit with kids in Michigan - click here.
Michigan Zoos and Planetariums by city with links - click here.


Find cultural events put on by Michigan humanities and arts organizations, click here.


stack of booksResources specific to this county


First Call of Ottawa County is now part of the 2-1-1 system.  Call 2-1-1 for information and referrals in Ottawa County.

ARC: Advocacy & Resource Center
The ARC is committed to providing service, community education, and advocacy to ensure that persons with disabilities have the opportunity to develop their full potential and lead lives of dignity and purpose.
665 136th Ave. #90
Holland, MI 49424
Phone: (616) 738-8570
Fax: (616) 738-9340


Michigan Disability Resources Database (MDRD) - Find local information on disabilities, education, support groups, organizations, transportation, emergency services, etc., by zip code, address, disability, service, or county.


Michigan Assistance and Referral Service (MARS) - This system allows you to find programs offered by the State of Michigan that help families in need with their medical, nutritional, food, day care or other expenses.


Child Development Services of Ottawa County, Inc.

Home-based head start, early head start, child care center

77 W. 11th St.

Holland, MI  49423

Phone:  616-396-6105



DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation
100 Michigan St. NE-MC178
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
County: Ottawa
Contact: Lisa Blystra (616) 399-5184
Project: Funds will support increased accessibility of car seats and education. This program will intentionally serve clients in outlying clinics and hospitals, low-income day care centers and migrant communities.

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District
13565 Port Sheldon Rd.
Holland, MI 49484
County: Ottawa
Contact: Christine Baker, (877) 702-8600 x4066
Project: Ready for Success aims to increase the capacity and availability of Parents As Teachers in the Ottawa area public schools. The program seeks to improve the skills of parenting adults to identify or prevent developmental delays, promote healthy attachment, and maximize cognitive growth; and to provide technical assistance to hire, train, and support Parents As Teachers staff as well as recruit families, implement and evaluate the program in local districts.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland
435 Van Raalte Ave.
Holland, MI 49423
County: Ottawa
Phone: (616) 392-4102
Contact Person: Brian Manderfield
Project: Services will be expanded to serve more youth and families in the areas of Character and Leadership Development, Education, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports Fitness and Recreation.

Center for Women in Transition
304 Garden Avenue
Holland, MI49424
County: Ottawa
Phone: (616) 355-9752
Contact Person: Teresa Schraudt
Project: The “People, Problems, and Protection” program provides self-protection and safety skills to children in homeless and battered women’s shelters.



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